The works featured on this new hybrid SACD, in which Mario Marzi is joined by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and conductor Hansjörg Schellenberger, represent some of the most significant pieces ever written for the saxophone.
Several of them, including the Jacques Ibert's Concertino da Camera, and the two pieces by Milhaud, the arrangement of his work Scaramouche which was originally written for two pianos, and the ballet La Création du Monde are influenced by the music of the early jazz pioneers. Claude Debussy in the Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra, and Alexander Glazunov's in his concerto of 1934 are more interested in exploring the range of colour of the instrument within a more traditional framework.
For more than 20 years the saxophone player Mario Marzi has been working with the Teatro alla Scala and the Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of such leading conductors as Ricardo Muti, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. During this period he has won nine national and four international competitions.
Mario Marzi (saxophone), Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Hansjörg Schellenberger (conductor)